Met Office confirms NI's warmest day

Published Wednesday, 23 July 2014
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Forecasters have confirmed Wednesday was the warmest day of the year so far.

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Northern Ireland's temperatures peaked at a sweltering 26.6C in Castlederg, Co Tyrone, exceeding the previous high of 26C in Portrush, Co Antrim, earlier this week.

The maximum in Belfast was 24C.

Meanwhile it was also the warmest day so far in Scotland and Wales where a peak of 28.7C was recorded at Porthmadog and 27.9C in Achnagart.

The figures were confirmed by the Met Office on Wednesday afternoon.

Temperatures across NI have been mid-20s for most of this week, well above the average for this time of year.

Earlier, forecaster John Wylie told UTV he had expected to see western parts of the region such as Castlederg to rise even higher on Wednesday.

He said: "The North Coast is the place to be where temperatures could exceed 26C. It's always warmest towards the west and north west in Northern Ireland and inland from the coast."

The rest of the week is expected to stay settled with warm weather and plenty of sunshine.

However, the outlook for the weekend isn't quite so good with temperatures set to cool down and some rain showers due to fall on Saturday.

The Met Office said: "Friday staying sunny and hot with isolated showers. Turning cloudier on Saturday with some showery rain. It will be mainly dry and bright on Sunday though less warm".

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